10 Jul 2016

Top 10 Conspiracy Theories

Top 10 Conspiracy Theories

The world is full of wild conspiracy theories, so much so that we couldn’t just limit our entries to one list! Today we’re counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Conspiracy Theories of ALL TIME. 

1. The Bisley Boy. Princess Elizabeth died of the plague at Overcourt House in Bisley when the king was on his way to see her. A local boy of the right age and hair colour was substituted for her, the deception was never discovered and he grew up to be Queen Elizabeth I. That is why “she” never married. Nominated by Roger Stevenson. 

2. William Shakespeare didnt write his plays. Mark Twain was a notable advocate of the Francis Bacon candidacy, and Twain also thought Elizabeth I was a man. “James Shapiro’s splendid bookContested Will debunks all these conspiracy theories with a mass of evidence,” says Gavin Turner. 
3. The Pope killed Abraham LincolnTheory propounded by Emmett McLoughlin, a Franciscan priest, in his 1963 book, An Inquiry Into The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln. Pius IX thought Lincoln an obstacle to Catholicism in America, apparently. Thanks to John Rogan.  
4. A UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico.
When ranch manager Mac Brazel came across crash debris near his property in 1947, he didn't know what to make of it and alerted local authorities. That same day, the Roswell Army Air Field sent out a press release that stated a "flying disc" was found; later, this was retracted and the U.S. military told the public it was a fallen weather balloon. This slip sparked a huge conspiracy theory about the government attempting to cover up evidence of UFOs andalien existence; some even say there were alien bodies found in the crash. Now the story is that the balloon was part of Project Mogul, the government's attempt to pick up on Soviet Union nuclear tests. As a result, Roswell has become a big tourist spot for extraterrestrial enthusiasts.

5. Barack Obama wasn’t born in America. He had to produce his birth certificate during the 2008 election campaign. Donald Trump espoused the theory in an interview in which he said he was considering running for president in 2011. Damian Counsell reminds us of the kind of man running for the most powerful job in the world. 
6. Are Militant Atheists Using Chemtrails to Poison the Angels in Heaven? One of the finest of my collection of QTWTAIN,Questions To Which The Answer Is No, from a website calledHard Dawn in 2013, and recalled by Samuel Fawcett. 
7. MI5 agents were rude to JK Rowling on Twitter to discredit the cause of Scottish independence. She was abused online for supporting a No vote in the 2014 referendum. Some Nationalists said “secret service plants” could be responsible, as Alastair Cameron reminds me. ‏
8. AIDS is a man-made disease.
Those in the scientific community generally believe HIV originated from a strain of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus found in western African monkeys. But when a group of 500 African Americans were surveyed in a 2005 study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, over half of them said that AIDS was created by the government. Conspiracy theories about why the government might have created the virus ranged from population control to the weakening of racial minority groups and gay people. Some also say that there's a cure for AIDS being back held by the government for similar reasons.

9. Nicola Sturgeon posed with a copy of The Dandy. Some Scottish Nationalists (them again) refused to accept that their leader had posed with Rupert MurdochScottish Sun in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election campaign. They said she had actually posed with The Dandy and the Sun front page had been photoshopped in to make her look bad. (The Dandy ceased publication in 2012.) Samuel Fawcett again. 
10. The government was involved in 9/11.
This is currently the most researched conspiracy theory on the Internet. Theories abound about the role of the U.S. government in the events of September 11, 2001, but most state that either the Bush administration had previous knowledge of the attacks and didn't act or that it orchestrated the entire thing. Both versions center on the belief that Bush and company wanted to gain more power quickly and get the support of the people. It's been said that the World Trade Center towers came down as a result of planted explosives, that a plane didn't crash into the Pentagon, and that Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania because it was shot down -- a theory that was only fueled when Donald Rumsfeld accidentally said during a 2004 speech that terrorists shot it down.